Coast Guard helo medevacs man in Kodiak

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A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew based in Kodiak rescued a man having difficulty breathing while on a cargo vessel at sea Tuesday evening.

The 47-year-old man was medevaced from the 260-foot coastal freighter Coast Trader to the Coast Guard’s Air Station Kodiak where medics from Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center were standing by to assist, according to a release from the 17th U.S. Coast Guard District.

The Coast Guard did not release the man’s name or give an update on his condition on Wednesday, citing health privacy laws.

Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders were notified of the medical emergency by phone around 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the crew of a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter reached the freighter about three hours later at 7 p.m., the release stated. The freighter was in Dead Man’s Bay about 80 miles west of Kodiak.

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